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Are laxatives good for weight loss?

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Dr. Michele Cavenee
Bariatrics
7 doctors agree

In brief: No

Laxatives should not be used as a means of weight loss.
They are intended to resolve constipation. The inappropriate use of laxatives may lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and other health problems. If you need to lose weight, you should consult a healthcare professional to help guide you toward a healthy lifestyle.

In brief: No

Laxatives should not be used as a means of weight loss.
They are intended to resolve constipation. The inappropriate use of laxatives may lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and other health problems. If you need to lose weight, you should consult a healthcare professional to help guide you toward a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Michele Cavenee
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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Taking too many laxatives- can cause electrolyte disturbances that are unhealthy.
The best recipe for weight loss is eat less and move more. Try to eat from a variety of foods in moderation.

In brief: No

Taking too many laxatives- can cause electrolyte disturbances that are unhealthy.
The best recipe for weight loss is eat less and move more. Try to eat from a variety of foods in moderation.
Dr. Martin Fried
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Fried's advice is excellent, and he is correct in telling you that laxatives will not produce weight loss, but may make you dependent upon them and also create the side-effects to which he alluded.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Don't use cleansers!

Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question.
There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox", to eliminate "accumulated waste", or to lose weight. There are few real health benefits but sigificant unjustified risk for weight loss achieved that's so temporary.

In brief: Don't use cleansers!

Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question.
There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox", to eliminate "accumulated waste", or to lose weight. There are few real health benefits but sigificant unjustified risk for weight loss achieved that's so temporary.
Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not good

Laxatives are not designed for weight loss.
There are many different types, some are osmotic like mom, some are stimulant like cascara or castor oil. They can be effective for constipation when used properly, but they are not effective for weight loss. They can cause problems such as rectal bleeding, electrolyte imbalance, and dehydration, which can end up in renal failure.

In brief: Not good

Laxatives are not designed for weight loss.
There are many different types, some are osmotic like mom, some are stimulant like cascara or castor oil. They can be effective for constipation when used properly, but they are not effective for weight loss. They can cause problems such as rectal bleeding, electrolyte imbalance, and dehydration, which can end up in renal failure.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Aamir Siddiqi
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No !!

Laxatives will only help in short term perceived weight loss and will be detrimental to your health.
You may take fiber which will be helpful in general health and promote weight loss. Also drink plenty of water or fluids with it. Taking a glass of water with fiber (as metamucil), before a large meal, may decrease your appetite and create the sense of fullness.

In brief: No !!

Laxatives will only help in short term perceived weight loss and will be detrimental to your health.
You may take fiber which will be helpful in general health and promote weight loss. Also drink plenty of water or fluids with it. Taking a glass of water with fiber (as metamucil), before a large meal, may decrease your appetite and create the sense of fullness.
Dr. Aamir Siddiqi
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No, just poop loss

Laxatives cause only temporary weight loss by making a person poop out stool and water. Poop plus water weighs several pounds a gallon.
However, if after excess pooping, a person doesn't eat or drink to replenish himself, his body will be somewhat dehydrated and weak. He will be thirsty, and his electrolytes (such as sodium and potassium) will be out of balance.

In brief: No, just poop loss

Laxatives cause only temporary weight loss by making a person poop out stool and water. Poop plus water weighs several pounds a gallon.
However, if after excess pooping, a person doesn't eat or drink to replenish himself, his body will be somewhat dehydrated and weak. He will be thirsty, and his electrolytes (such as sodium and potassium) will be out of balance.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No! Terrible idea!

Laxatives are not only not good for weight loss, but chronic laxative use can be dangerous to one's health.
Don't do it; spend the time exercising and eating healthy.

In brief: No! Terrible idea!

Laxatives are not only not good for weight loss, but chronic laxative use can be dangerous to one's health.
Don't do it; spend the time exercising and eating healthy.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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